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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 23, 2011 9:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Why the Dead was still cool in 1986

Everything else sucked.

Exhibit Alpha: Lou Reed

Why did every song in 1986 need fretless bass and a prominent saxophone solo?

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/lou-reed/video/walk-on-the-wild-side_1005218.html

Exhibit Beta: Peter Gabriel

Speaks for itself. I kept asking myself: Is that really Peter Gabriel?

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/peter-gabriel/video/shock-the-monkey_1005237.html

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 25, 2011 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Prisoners Saved The '80s

The Proof: The Prisoners - Pop Star Party

further proof:

Go Go

Gravedigger

Maybe I Was Wrong

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 23, 2011 11:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why the Dead was still cool in 1986

Everything? Too bad you weren't checking out Paul Westerberg

And these guys were doing some stuff...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2TyF1CbsDs

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 24, 2011 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BLASTERS!

86, I think, was one yr that I listened to the DEAD do Farm Aid...I may have the yr, wrong, but it was either this or 87. What I recall was for the first time in a long time, trying to tape them...via the broadcast. And, stopping, cause, well, yes...you know the refrain.

But, you know who did NOT suck that day? The Blasters!

As I was deep in the kid raising phase of my life, and did NOT go to shows, I heard them do three songs, and the traditional Boll Weevil tune? They absolutely tore that up; best version by far...WhStripes does a fair rendition, but, I'd say in 86, the Blasters were at their peak.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 26, 2011 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BLASTERS!

It was '86, WT....I was there. It was my first show and I thought it was fantastic. I listen now and find the better part of it unlistenable - especially the Dylan stuff. Im such a touchhead. Happy New Year you old hippy.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 26, 2011 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BLASTERS!

Hey SB! You mean you were actually at the show? Somewhere in the midwest, I think? Cool...I was listening from Austin, TX, my first job...Longhorns and all.

I had that tape for a while, and lost it; was very pissed off cause I never found the Blasters doing that version again.

Have a great New Yr too!

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 26, 2011 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BLASTERS!

They were piped in via satellite from Rich Stadium on 7/4/86. They had the biggest acts at the time performing all over the US on that day and showing it on the big screen at different stadiums(as part of the benefit)...Like I said, not exactly an earth-shattering performance - but at the time, it completely melted my face. You know the rest...

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 24, 2011 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Was it a great year for music? Hardly. But...EVERYTHING else sucked? Nonsense. While the Dead were busy indifferently stumbling through the worst year of their career prior to the mid-90s, the following albums came out:

Smiths- The Queen Is Dead
Paul Simon- Graceland
Beatsie Boys- Licensed to Ill
XTC- Skylarking
Steve Earle- Guitar Town
Nanci Griffith- Last of the True Believers
Throwing Muses- Throwing Muses
Metallica- Master of Puppets
Joe Jackson- Big World
Bangles- Different Light


Not everyone is going to like all of these, obviously, but collectively they're enough to blow up the claim that 1986 had nothing to offer better than half-assed efforts from a struggling GD. In fact, '86 remains the least represented year in my collection up through 1991- for a very good reason.


This post was modified by skuzzlebutt on 2011-12-24 23:04:28

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 24, 2011 5:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Yes, I know there was still good music coming out in '86. I just found the Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel clips so awful that I had to post them. I had a feeling some of you might get a little rattled.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 24, 2011 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Not rattled, just sticking up for a much-maligned era in general. Merry Christmas!

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Poster: jackaroe_RI Date: Dec 28, 2011 12:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Talking Heads - True Stories
Depeche Mode - Black celebration
The Wedding Present - Peel Sessions
Wham! - Music from the edge of Heaven - their last album
Prince - Parade
Pogues - Pougetry in Motion EP w/ Fairy Tale of New York
Rum Sodomy & the lash was only 4 months old in Jan 86
Huey Lewis & The News - Fore!
Eric Clapton - Gold
Stevie ray Vaughn - Live Alive
REM - Life's Rich Pageant
Frank Zappa - Does Humor Belong in Music AND Jazz From Hell
Madonna - True Blue
Lemonheads - their first EP
Dead Kennedys - Bedtime for Democracy - their last
Huskur Du - Candy Apple Gray

It was there but I guess it depends largely upon your age as to whether any of the other music out there was to your taste. I was 15 was pretty eclectic where music was concerned

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 28, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Huey Lewis!?! I rest my case. Someone cue that clip from "American Psycho."

You mention Prince, but his music had clearly declined in quality since the brilliance of Purple Rain in '84. "Kiss" is a nice song, but it ain't in the same league as "When Doves Cry." Prince and the Revolution broke up in '86. So did The Clash.

I can keep going... Van Halen released 5150 in '86, their first album without DLR, and a poor follow-up to another brilliant '84 album, MCMLXXXIV. They were never the same.

The Dead Kennedys broke up. Black Flag broke up. Dollywood opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Cleveland was chosen to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tommy Lee married Heather Locklear! Need I go on?

On the bright side, NWA and Cypress Hill formed in '86, so I guess there were some bright spots.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 28, 2011 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Life's Rich Pageant?
The Blind Leading the Naked?

I listened to those new release a hell of lot more in 1986 than I did to junky Jerry (and saw REM and the Femmes probably about the same number of times as GD during that year)

I get your point - just don't want folks to think nothing was coming out that year worthy of a second take - like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPts1cPQRh8

AND Root Boy was still performing live. If you never saw Root, I feel bad for ya....